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or at the consulate at benghazi? they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainly what transpired. our current assessment, is that fact what began as was a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to replicate this sort of challenge that was posed in cairo and then as that unfolded, it seems as hijacked, let's us say, by some individual clusters of extremists that came with heavier weapons, weapons as you know, in the wake of the revolution in libya are quite common and accessible. then it evolved from there. we'll get to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms. but that's the best information that we have at present. >> why was there such a security breakdown
stormed the american consulate in benghazi. the main building of the consulate was quickly on fire. at least four of the americans are believed to have died from smoke inhalation. no one was shot. for more than five hours, after the attack, the state department could not confirm ambassador stevens' whereabouts. his body was not recovered for 12 hours. >> libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety and carried ambassador stevens' body to the hospital where we trajically learned that he had died. >> reporter: the president emphasized the libya attack was carried out by a rogue group of militants and won't damage the u.s. relationship with the libyan government which vowed its cooperation. a terror group affiliated with al qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. officials believe it was a pre-planned attack, possibly timed to the september 11th anniversary. and not linked to an anti-muslim film that sparked a large, angry protest at the u.s. embassien cairo on tuesday. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. >> reporter
in that assault on their compound in benghazi. while the investigation into the attack is far from over, the white house is now offering a new take on what really happened. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta acknowledged the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only carried out by terrorists it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and, how that, that attack took place, that, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake, let's be clear, these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region. we don't know, we don't know otherwise. you know, we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: sources tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground, the attack was not tied to the movie at all. what aroused their suspicion, t
is dead after militants attacked the consulate in benghazi. the attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades at the consulate as they clashed with libyans hired to guard the facility. a fire set by militants destroyed one of the buildings. >>> the attack in libya and this protest in cairo were triggered by a new film critical of the prophet mohamed, even claiming he was a pedophile. the u.s. is on alert. secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is working with other governments to ensure that american interests and people are protected. >>> the white house is downplaying reports of a rift between the u.s. and israel over iran's nuclear ambitions. president obama and israeli minister netanyahu, speaking by they agreed to continue close consultations over iran. this unusual late-night announcement from the white house comes after netanyahu criticized the obama administration over the iran policy. >> the u.n. has just found new intelligence showing iran is moving toward nuclear weapon capability. and, there are reports from israeli media that netanyahu was
in benghazi overnight. nearly a dozen americans were inside, guarded only by libyan security. for nearly 20 minutes, the libyan guards exchanged fire with the attackers. and hurled a firebomb inside. the militants burned down at least one building. ambassador stevens was either killed by smoke inhalation, or more likely in a car trying to escape with two guards, which may have been hit by a mortar. the other american was killed from smoke inhalation. ambassador stevens is a long-serving diplomat. widely respected and passionate about libya. he was there during the revolution, serving as the american representative to the transitional national council. earlier in the day tuesday, protesters breached the walls of the u.s. embassy in cairo, tearing down the american flag and ripping it to shreds. raising a black flag reading, there is no god but allah. u.s. officials fear both incidents are in response to this low-budget, anti-muslim film. it's so controversial in the middle east, abc news is not showing it. the movie was produced in the u.s. by an israeli filmmaker, who says he intented the f
in cairo. >> republicans say that is just not right. >> it shows the what happened in benghazi wufz nas not an anti-american protest or result of a youtube video, an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the the level, abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a preplanned or spontaneous attack. meanwhile in tripoli at a memorial for four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as ariend of the libyan people. there were reports thursday that ambassador stevens believed he was on a terrorist hit list. secretary clinton and officials said there is absolutely no reason to believe that is true. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> certainly a lot of second guessing. >> cnn was reporting that libyan sources told the u.s. embassy personnel on the ground. they said "decrease your benghazi presence." and the libyans were scared to death. because they knew
th attack on the u.s. consulate and benghazi was clearly an act of terrorism. but he says president obama won't use that language instead referring to the deadly attack as a bump in the road on the way to democracy. >> he caught flak for that. you can't call the death of the four people, particularly an ambassador, a bump in, a bump in the road that seemed glib and callus and disrespectful to the lives lost in that. the white house sent mixed signals on thisser to. was it, premeditated attack, coincided with 9/11, premeditated, calculated or were they piggybacking over protest over the film. ambassador susan rice say one thing. the president say another. they're not clear on what they thing the reason is behind it. that's worrisome. spokesman, ja reversed ship. never clearly said it was an act of terrorism. so. >> lots of questions. still lives lost. >>> moving on this morning. a texas man who had gotten three reprieves from the supreme court has now been executed. foster was pronounced dead 25 minutes after his lethal injection began. three times last year the high court stopped fo
of the protests. meanwhile, diane, the american consulate in benghazi, libya was also attacked tonight. that incident believed to have also been sparked by that same controversial film. as for cairo, the protests have now quieted. the american embassy tells us all staff are safe and accounted for. diane? >> all right, thank you, alex marquardt reporting from the middle east tonight. >>> now back here at home, a surprising twist in the presidential race. governor romney facing criticism tonight not from the president or the democrats, but from some prominent members of his own party and our new abc n news/"washington post" poll shows it. take a look. a 6% lead. before the conventions romney had a slight lead. the election now 56 days away, "your voice, your vote," and abc's david muir reports from las vegas tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney in nevada, on the anniversary of 9/11 in front of the national guard. >> we must keep our promises and regain the trust of all who have worn the uniform and served our country. >> reporter: his words come after criticism romney left afghanistan out o
of benghazi, libya, a different picture. hundreds of demonstrators rallied in support of america. they said the attack by on the consulate was carried out by a rogue group of militants. four americans were killed, including the ambassador to libya, chris stevens, a rising diplomat, seen here in a youtube video. >> my name is chris stevens. and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant. and gave his life to build a better libya. >> reporter: also killed, sean smith, an information specialist. >> we stand in gratitude for their service. i want to assure you, we will bring their killers to justice. >> reporter: a terror group affiliated with al qaeda has claimed responsibility for the well-coordinated attack with libya. it was timed to the 9/11 anniversary, and may not have been linked to the film that sparked protests in cairo and other cities. president obama said what should be a shift in u.s. relations with egypt, saying in a tv interview, that the u.s. does not consider the current egyptian government an enemy or an ally. paula and john? >> all right. ta
have known about the safe house in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. militants found it without a problem. >> hoond sight is 20/20. 30 american staffers and libyans were taken to the safe house. the government will not shut down at the end of the month thanks to a spending bill passed last night by the house. a stopgap budget band-aid to pay the bills, postpones negotiations over spending until after the election. paul ryan approved it. but this plan calls for $19 billion more in spending than his plan. the senate expects to pass the bill next week. >> did we see bipartisan action there? >> think we did. >> my goodness. apple reaching out to kus messieurs who cannot wait to get the iphone 5. making the smart phone now for online preorders. otherwise, face long lines when retale stores open up later this morning. prices for the thinner, lighter, model start at $199. they will arrive in stores in one week. going to have to pony up money for the new adapter and man adapter to the adapter. i like the new panoramic option though. >> looks pretty cool. must say. >> uh-huh. your friday forecast.
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